• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

  • Melting snow bridges and high streamflows create hazards for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers

    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »


Parkwide general herpetofaunal surveys were conducted in 1991 and 1992 and focused mostly on aquatic habitats. Open areas and forested habitats were surveyed but to a much lesser degree. In addition to the species shown below, there is some question as to the presence of Eumeces skiltonianus (Western Skink) within the park. Reptile species have also been reported in the parkwide amphibian inventories.
Northwestern Garter Snake

Northwestern Garter Snake

2004 Jeremiah Easter

Northwestern Garter Snake
Thamnophis ordinoides

15-24 inches (53-61 cm) long. Black, brown, tan, grey or greenish with 1 to 3 yellow, orange, or red stripes down back. Habitat: open areas, below 4,000 ft. (1,219 meters). It is the most common snake found at Rainier.

Common Garter Snake

Common Garter Snake

2008 Stéphanie Desranleau

Common Garter Snake
Thamnophis sirtalis

Large (up to 52 in. (132 cm) in length) and characterized by red coloration along sides. Habitat: wet meadows and near water.


Rubber Boa

US Forest Service Photo

Rubber Boa
Charina bottae

A small, greyish-green snake with a hard, blunt tail. Habitat: moist or dry pine forests, near water. They do not bite, but curl into a ball when disturbed.

Northern Alligator Lizard

Northern Alligator Lizard

2009 William Flaxington

Northern Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea

Heavy scales; olive, brown, or greyish with light stripes and dark, irregular spots. Habitat: Sub-alpine talus slopes and coniferous forests. The only lizard found in western Washington.

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human-food-habituated red fox

Feeding wildlife invites aggressive animal behavior, road accidents, and harm to people. Feeding birds artificially concentrates nest predators, harming young songbirds. Feeding animals in the park is prohibited, and is liable to a $100 fine. Follow link to learn how to Keep Wildlife Wild: More...